A Certified Death Certificate is necessary for many estate issues. Death certificates can be obtained for you by the funeral home at the time of death and the cost of them varies. It is a good idea to obtain multiple copies of a death certificate as most agencies require a certified certificate and not a photocopy. Additional copies can be obtained in the future by certain family members from the registrar of vital statistics in the muncipality where the death occured, not from the funeral home. You can also contact the State of New Jersey Heath Department at www.state.nj.us/health/vital/
Common uses of certified copies include: Probate, life insurance, credit life insurance, employee benefits, real estate titles, vehicle titles, banks, stocks, bonds and income tax returns.